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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2006
  • pp: 757–759

Laser cooling of trapped ytterbium ions with an ultraviolet diode laser

D. Kielpinski, M. Cetina, J. A. Cox, and F. X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. 757-759 (2006)

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We demonstrate an ultraviolet diode laser system for cooling of trapped ytterbium ions. The laser power and linewidth are comparable to those of previous systems based on resonant frequency doubling, but the system is simpler, more robust, and less expensive. We use the laser system to cool small numbers of ytterbium ions confined in a linear Paul trap. From the observed spectra, we deduce final temperatures of < 270 mK .

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2005

D. Kielpinski, M. Cetina, J. A. Cox, and F. X. Kärtner, "Laser cooling of trapped ytterbium ions with an ultraviolet diode laser," Opt. Lett. 31, 757-759 (2006)

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